Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I always enjoy thanksgiving, other than the busy roads. I enjoy watching the parade, as well as getting dressed up, and spending time with family around the table eating delicious food with great conversations. When we have Thanksgiving with my parents, my dad always starts dinner off with each of us saying what we are thankful for. I have a lot to be thankful for, especially the health of my family.
I’m also lucky to have a roof over my head and food on my table, but there are many people, and families that go without. We live in an amazing area where there are opportunities for these families to get assistance. The Pettengill House and Our Neighbor’s table are wonderful non-profit organizations, that work hard to provide support, groceries, and meals to those in need around the Holidays as well as throughout the entire year. If you have never looked at their websites, I would highly encourage it.
“To support and empower individuals, children, and families by providing education, comprehensive case management, and basic needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth and development.”- Pettengill House Mission Statement. They provide support to the following communities; Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.
“Did you know hunger affects 1 out of every 16 people living across Northeastern Essex County? Hunger comes in many forms. Our Neighbors' Table's innovative approach to food assistance is aimed at providing flexible, personalized programs to individuals and families living in Northeastern Essex County. Guests of Our Neighbors' Table have access to fresh, wholesome food and dignified experiences when and where they need it. Our programs provide food security to individuals and families living in Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton, and West Newbury.”- Our Neighbor’s Table **You can even sign up online to donate your time or make donations to Our Neighbor’s Table.
It warms my heart to see communities and people coming together to help out those in need. A little goes a long way. We did a food drive at our office last month for the Pettengill House. This past Saturday there were three major food drives in the area that provided 8,328lbs of food for our Neighbor’s table. The three towns that held the food drives were; Amesbury,MA Police department, Merrimac,MA Police Department, Georgetown,MA Police department as well as the Scouts of Amesbury,MA (Cub, Boy and Girl). My son’s Karate School Ocasio’s (Merrimac, Haverhill & Plaistow) did a food drive as well as, in addition to raising money through a raffle to provide 529 thanksgiving dinners to families in the Haverhill and Southern NH area. These are just a few examples off different food drives currently happening.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow remember how important family is, and remember to give thanks for everything you do have. As we go through the holiday season, if you can buy a few extra non-perishable items and drop them off at your local food bank you will be helping change the lives of others.